Puerto Rican kingpin “owned” the Dominican antinarcotics agency
DominicanToday.com - A case file received by the National District Office of Prosecutor reveals that Jose Figueroa Agosto’s drug trafficking network virtually owned the Drugs Control Agency (DNCD), as a group of 12 agents and officers provided him information on gathered intelligence and operations.

 A summary of the documents shows that a DNCD Internal Affairs investigation in which electronic intelligence was used determined that "they formed an organization dedicated to international narcotics trafficking based on their condition" as agents.

Moreover, based on the statements by the detained Puerto Rican Ernie Rodriguez Tirado (Guajiro) it was learned that the network also had contacts in airports to receive drug laden planes.

The report states that on October 2, 2009, the Police major Victor Enrique Liriano Fernandez and captain Jose Manuel Helena, assigned to the Criminal Intelligence Division (Dintel) obtained "information of interest for Figueroa’s organization." This occurred three days after the authorities had stated that Figueroa was in a point between the eastern provinces La Romana and La Altagracia and had the telephone numbers 809-643-1673 and 829-261-4598.

The DNCD affirms that Navy petty officer Ramón Gregorio Lara Tejeda was the person who was the go-between to pass the information on and formed part of the network.

Go back | Date: 24 Aug 2010
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